Virginia Top by Joji Locatelli

Virginia Top

December 2021
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
26 stitches and 34 rows = 4 inches
in Textured stitch
US 4 - 3.5 mm
613 - 1664 yards (561 - 1522 m)
1 to 9
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Interpretations Vol. 8 is here! This year brings you the charming 8th collaboration between Joji Locatelli and Veera Välimäki. This collection includes six themes, six words with two designs inspired by each word, showing a personal take on each of these themes.

In 2021 we continued to work together virtually. We found this to be a great opportunity to show you a bit of our home countries. We did the photoshoots separately in our respective major cities: Helsinki and Buenos Aires. Joji’s pictures are taken by Claudia Salazar, Veera’s Jonna Jolkin.

You can read all about our work together here:

Find our collections as printed books from Pom Pom Press:

This top is worked from the top down in one piece, with no seams and very little finishing required. I used a textured stitch to highlight the beauty of speckled yarns and to give the finished garment a little more structure. The front and back are adorned with columns of a charming lace pattern. The neckline and armholes are finished with a delicate i-cord.
I named this pattern in honor of my stunning mother, Virginia. She usually knits the sleeves of many of my samples, so maybe a sleeveless vest is not the best design to carry her name. Or maybe it is, because the moment she saw it, she instantly fell in love with it.
I hope you enjoy making this top. It can be worn as a vest over any garment (dresses, button-downs) or it can be worn on its own as a top. Whatever yarn you choose - merino, linen, cotton, silk - it will surely be a garment you’ll go to again and again.

1 (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9). Shown in size 3 on a 35” bust.
Finished bust circumference: 28 (31½, 35¼, 39, 44½, 48¼, 52, 56, 60½)” 70 (79, 88.5, 97.5, 111.5, 120.5, 130, 140, 148.5) cm. Recommended ease: 0-2” of negative ease.

Yarn: 2 (2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4) skeins of Nube Fingering by Chile Knitz (100% Superwash Merino; 438 yards 400 m / 100g), or approx. 613 (700, 788, 963, 1095, 1226, 1400, 1533, 1664) yards 560 (640, 720, 880, 1000, 1120, 1280, 1400, 1520) meters of fingering-weight yarn.
Sample shown in colorway Biblioteca.
Needles: US 4 3.5 mm at least 32” 80 cm long and US 3 3.25 mm 24” 60 cm long for i-cord bind-off.
Other: Stitch markers, cable needle, stitch holders or waste yarn, tapestry needle, crochet hook and waste yarn for provisional cast-on, blocking aids.

26 sts and 34 rows = 4” 10 cm on US 4 3.5 mm needles in Textured Stitch.